'Not now lads': How Newcastle United fans reacted to takeover claims

Nobody, just nobody, was getting carried away on Tyneside.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 12:03 pm
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 12:04 pm

With the country in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and the economy facing months of turmoil, there were fresh claims overnight about a £340million takeover of Newcastle United, which was put up for sale in late 2017. The Premier League has reportedly been “informed” of a bid funded by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia and involving financier Amanda Staveley, who failed in a previous attempt to buy the club, which yesterday broadcast the 5-0 win over Manchester United from 1996/97 season, when the team, then managed by Kevin Keegan, was challenging for the Premier League title.

Here’s how a sceptical fanbase, which has seen its hopes of a sale raised – and dashed – several times over the past two and a half years, reacted to the takeover news:

@toonislife – “World economy about to collapse, no sign of football starting in the near future, but Ashley still gets his asking price.”

@WoodyLad8 – “After battering Man Utd 5-0 to go top of the league yesterday I’m not surprised like.”

@Jack__1955 – “I don’t see why anyone would want to buy a club at this time though, makes no sense?”

@Carl_M79 – “Not now lads.”

@JamesFenwick90 – “Drank all my cans months ago.”

Amanda Staveley.

@danno_4200 – “The world is in turmoil and folk are struggling to get shopping, but a football club is gonna be sold. Wey give ower fella.”